Ever since earning my Sewing Machine Driving License, I have not gone near any machine. I looked at fabric stashes on Pinterest, does that count? Anyway, when reMADE DXB announced a Saturday session of their Too Whit Too Whoo workshop, I signed up right away. I thought I’d figure out how to actually sew when I get there. Good thing that fellow Amira Louise was in the same workshop!
So first things first, we had to choose our combination of fabric for the owl. There was plenty to choose from and it was not easy! But Paula helped me pick out these pretty ones. Not something that I would normally choose but they blended and complimented each other very well.
Next was to trace the relevant shape on the appropriate fabric and cut them according to the owl template. It was not as easy as it sounds because you would want to be economical about it and not waste any fabric, esp if they are expensive. Theresa helped me with this and I am glad to say I did not waste any fabric.
And then the sewing began. Fun! The big parts were easy enough, but the fiddly bit was the feet. My owl has mismatched feet. One is in desperate need of a pedicure and the other could use with losing a bit of weight. But no worries, the feet are not the prominent features of the owl anyway.
After all the machine sewing was done, it was time to stuff up our bird. Paula provided a pack of stuffing from Daiso. It was just the right amount of stuffing too, not too thin, not bulging either. Hand-sewing the opening shut using ladder stitch was a bigger challenge for me!
And there she is! All plump and big-eyed. This owl is now with Adrianna, I hope she likes it and the googly eyes don’t scare her. I want to make more! And thanks to Louise for the hand-me-down-but-good-as-new sewing machine, I will be able to do so very soon. Just need to get my supplies together and clear out some space at home.
If you are in Dubai and would like to learn how to make cute stuff like this owl, please visit their Facebook page where you will find lots of inspiration, their winter workshop schedule and just general fun stuff that will appeal to crafters of all ages and skill level.
It has been a hectic couple of weeks, hence the lack in post updates. However, I’ve found a lull in my busy day at work so I’m taking every chance I can to complete this post before the news I want to share gets old.
Most of you know that Lisa and I flew to Manila last week. On Pearl Business Class. Thank you, Lisa and Etihad Airways! It has spoiled me and flying coach again will be such a drag after this. A couple of hours before our descent, I took this photo of the skies.
This time tomorrow, Lisa and myself will be in Manila, relaxing hopefully before the big concert on Friday. I am so excited. Never been this excited. I am so glad to be sharing this experience with Lisa! Full show report when I get back.
My Gmail inbox gets every blog post from The Pioneer Woman. I love seeing her posts. Although I admit most of the time I scroll down to see the photos and skim through the ingredients and recipe. I like her sense of humour, but a regular dose of it is just too much for my liking. I can only take so much chirpy and perky and mildly sarcastic humour. I want the simple, easy-to-follow recipes please. Thank you very much.
So I won’t hold it against you if you just scroll down to look at the photos on my blog posts too.
One such recipe is her Carb Buster Breakfast. I bought one medium piece each of the green and yellow courgette the night before. The recipe is so easy to follow, no one can possibly fail doing this! Here is the first part of the breakfast cooking away. I added some sage (because I love the smell) and lots of freshly ground pepper.
The second part are the tomatoes. See I never waste anything, I included all of the tomato, the ends are just as good and still edible so why throw it away? I used some non-stick cooking spray and sprinkled basil and salt on either side of the tomatoes while they roast on the pan.
No photo of the eggs poaching as it looks awful. But here is the final product. It doesn’t look like much but it was a tasty and filling meal. I skipped the wedge of cheese which was in the original recipe. Let me tell you though that the temptation to grab a slice of toast was overwhelming. But a little voice inside my head, that sounded a lot like Paul, kept coaxing me on to just polish off my plate and know that I chose to eat healthy.
To the most wonderful man I have ever known,
my husband, happy 44th birthday.
Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for our family.
You hold us up, all of us. I love you.
And now for some thought-provoking, inspiring trivia:
44 is the Master Vibration of Dynamic Inspiration. And it requires balance between worlds. Balancing family/work, spirit/earth, emotion/logic, etc. with a strong foundation established in each. Foundation is key. Without a good foundation, things fail. Like the house built on sand. 44 tests that foundation. But it also tests connection between “earth and sky.” Foundation is half the equation. A building isn’t enough to just have the foundation and skeleton. The realization of the vision involves the rest, the design, the architecture. You won’t get there without the planning and work (4), but it’s not complete until the rest is put together – the part everyone sees and focuses on (8). That’s why 8 is the number of completion. And that’s why it’s so attractive and glowy. It’s like a celebrity. It’s the pretties we see in that fantastic feat of architecture. No one tends to admire the foundation, but the building would not be possible without it.
Credit: this blog post.
I know a guy called Dean.
No, not Winchester, although that would be awesome because then I can ride shotgun in the Impala and tag along on a hunt and eat cheeseburgers and pie. But this Dean is a real life Dean. The companies we used to work with did business together and Dean was the one who took care of our clients. Never really got to know him socially, but I think we got on well enough when we were working together to still be Facebook friends years after.
Anyway, Dean saw my blog post x-posted on Facebook about the hats I made for Joji’s brother in Argentina and sent me a PM asking if I was willing to knit his family hats for UK winter. Now, that is one of the trickiest questions to ask a knitter. Why? Because there is never a straightforward answer!
In this case, however, I was more than happy to knit for Dean and his family. A hat is not very hard work. I just had to move other WIPs around. Besides, I was chomping at the bit to try and work with Wool of the Andes. I am not a fan of pure wool but this is wonderful to work with! And UK winter is the perfect weather for this wool.
So I decided to keep things simple. For Dean I made an extra long version of the Exeter Hat. My son is modelling it here and he has a smaller head than Dean but it’s ribbed all around so it has plenty of stretch. I made it longer so that it can be folded back for extra warmth on the ears. This colourway is Marble Heather.
For Dean’s wife, Natascia, I chose Rekaviður which looks more complicated that it actually is. I’m hoping that this is feminine enough. It’s not extra slouch but there’s just enough, plus it has ribbing too so it has enough stretch. This colourway is Sapphire Heather.
I took longer to settle on a pattern for little Noah. None of the baby/toddler patterns out there seemed suitable so I fell back on an old favourite, Thorpe. Perfect too since it has earflaps to keep young ears warm. I made a pompom of course, extra dense too and made i-cord strings instead of braids. I hope he likes it. I didn’t want the hat to stretch out of proportions so I put it on my son’s basketball instead of his head!
Dean, I hope you and the family get a lot of use out of these hats!
Luca is our nearly 4-year old tabby. He was a rescue. He was in foster care for a few months before we met him at an adoption day at a local vet clinic. I don’t remember life without Luca. It’s like he has always been a part of our life here in the UAE.
He has such a great personality! He makes a lot of funny faces, especially when he’s asleep. His vocal range is quite impressive, although he wasn’t very “talkative” at first. It all started last year and he’s at it all the time. Specially at night when we’re ready to go to bed.
And yes, Luca’s feet work too. It’s just that, being a cat, he likes to nap. A lot. When he’s on all fours, he’s either running around rampant from sofa to floor, from one room to another, from coffee table to the top of the TV to the top of the book shelf. He’s everywhere, really! I usually wake up with his warm, soft body on the top of my pillow.
Life’s never really boring with this crazy, funny cat around.